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Octopus’s Garden, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: February 12, 2014

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octopus's garden starr cort
Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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OCTOPUS’S GARDEN
Words and Music by Ringo Starr

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’s garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

(Instrumental Break)

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden with you

In an octopus’s garden with you

In an octopus’s garden with you

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Addendum, 2016 12

One of the kids in the Coffman-Strickland group wrote me a note and made a picture for Octopus’s Garden:

2016 12 coffman stricland octopus

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ABOUT THE SONG:

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Octopus’s Garden, wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus’s_Garden

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Publisher Simon and Schuster’s webpage for OCTOPUS’S GARDEN:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Octopuss-Garden/Ringo-Starr/videos?intcmp=ikids_bb&cp_date=ikids_bb_t1_February_OctopusGarden_SSVideo

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UK’s Daily Mail newspaper online post about OCTOPUS’S GARDEN:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2464129/Ringo-Starr-teams-childrens-illustrator-Ben-Cort-release-colourful-book-version-Octopuss-Garden.html

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Muppets sing “Octopus’s Garden” (The Muppet Show – S3 E12 P1/3 – James Coco)
The song begins about 1 minute 50 seconds into the video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf5InJqUfo0

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Ringo Starr’s recording (with animation), here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgPqmRNjoTE

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Raffi recorded OCTOPUS’S GARDEN with a Dixie Land flair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V_jyGNaY5g

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Hear Octopus’s Garden, here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUFcfXgW_dQ

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Ringo shows you the new book:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr-3fOAb_sQ

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Official book trailer:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0suFdSHmxA

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ABOUT REAL OCTOPUSES’ GARDENS

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Click here for a picture of an octopus in his garden:
http://www.divetime.com/images/photos/assets/5/48675-work-The_Octopuses_Garden_edit.jpg

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MORE ABOUT REAL OCTOPUSES’ GARDENS

July 2016, My family just got back from a wonderful vacation in California. One of our outings was to Sea World in San Diego and I learned something to help me sing OCTOPUS’S GARDEN.

You’d think I’d have wondered if there really was such a thing as an Octopus’s Garden and looked into it by now, but alas, I had not, until I saw this sign at San Diego’s Sea World right beside an octopus tank:

Octopu's Garden sign at Sea World SD

The sign reads,

“These octopuses hunt in muddy and sandy habitats and rocky reefs. They return to their lair with a feast of mussels, scallops, or crustaceans.  Discarded shells litter the entrance to their lair – often called an “octopus’ garden.”

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ABOUT OCTOPUS INTELLIGENCE

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Article from Washington Post about an octopus that escaped an aquarium through a drain pipe that lead to the ocean: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/04/13/octopus-slips-out-of-aquarium-tank-crawls-across-floor-escapes-down-pipe-to-ocean
Octopus are extremely intelligent, fascinating creatures!

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A fascinating article from NY Times (Dec. 2016) about octopus intelligence and how their minds work:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/books/review/other-minds-peter-godfrey-smith.html

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Related Posts

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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SONG OF THE DAY, 8/19/2015
Sing Books with Emily (SBWE), Illustrated Songs of the Day:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/sbwe-songs-of-the-day/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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